Thursday, April 16, 2009

The best of central Illinois: chili dogs

After leaving a certain establishment the other day, my husband mentioned that of all of the particular food items of the sort he had just consumed, said establishment had the best.
A seed was planted in my mind: why not do a "Best of" feature on my blog and feature some of our favorite items from local restaurants?
For the first edition, I defer to my husband, as I am not a connoisseur of this particular food item: chili dogs.
My husband will sample a dog with chili on it pretty much anywhere they are on the menu. He's had them at Vertucci's Chicago Style Eats in East Peoria; Emo's Dairy Mart and Velvet Freeze in Peoria; Joe Rogers' Original Recipe Chili Parlor in Springfield; but in his opinion, none top the Hofbrau in Peoria.
Yes, the Hofbrau, German restaurant and bier stube extraordinaire has chili dogs on their menu, available during lunch hours Tuesday-Saturday.
What makes these chili dogs top dog, you may wonder?
First, it's the dog itself. The Hofbrau uses Eisenberg gourmet frankfurters, "made from the finest cuts of USDA inspected beef, seasoned with fresh spices and delicately smoked...add no fillers or sugar...guaranteed a top quality dog every time".
The dogs are nicely broiled, nestled in a soft bun, and topped with an all meat chili. They'll even throw on some chopped onions at your request.
If you enjoy a good chili dog and haven't tried them, think outside of the bun and give the Hofbrau a try.


Chef Kevin said...

I had chili dogs from Emos last year and I had to question myself to why I even ate the second one. Not gonna happen this year. Your hubby needs to try the chili-cheese polish at the Ice Cream Shack when it opens.

I don't know why I don't go to the Hofbrau more often.

Floyd said...

The Hofbrau, you say? Interesting... i get down there every so often, but I always get (shockingly) German fare of some kind. I will consider this chili dog you speak of!

Peoria Peepers said...

I suggested the Ice Cream Shack to my DC for lunch today, assuming it was already open!

I love the lunch specials at the Hofbrau. Some of them are German in nature, and some are not, but most of them are winners in my book.